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Little Cutie

By ChiliMan
Ok…so I’ve finally dragged my butt back into EPZ. All’s well over here and I hope the same’s so for the lot of you.

I was wondering what image to come back with and then this little cutie decided it for me.

This was taken on Tuesday just after I’d got back from a walk. VERY cooperative little fella and didn’t move while I was busy taking pics. There are what look like scuff(le) marks on its tail and I wondered if its cooperativeness had to do with…you know…whether or not its future was short. Probably not…’cos after I was done, I stroked its tail and it glided off quite healthily. *Phew*…I was a bit worried about it.

I went online later and found an ID. It’s a Striped Kukri Snake. Harmless and non-venomous. Hmmm…probably should’ve Googled it before, huh? Oops Smile

V2 is pretty much how it looks and my hand was placed there for scale (no pun intended). V1 has the Pop Art filter applied to it in the Olympus software.

Gotta say…it’s good to be back and looking at your pics Smile


PS My fingernails have been cut since that shot in V2 Blush

Tags: Snake Small Reptile Wildlife and nature Flash and lighting Harmless Nonvenomous Striped Kukri Snake

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
1 May 2014 2:35PM
He is rather beautiful, Andrew, despite me not being fond of snakes at all Wink Two excellent captures, love the humour in V.1. Carol

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
1 May 2014 2:37PM
Just needs a mini-ladder.
I think I might have checked out the ID before stroking its cute little tail...
Welcome back, you've been missed!
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
1 May 2014 2:54PM
And it's good to see you back with us, Andrew.
I echo Moira's point about checking beforehand: I have an instinctive suspicion of all wildlife whether it's larger or smaller than me Blush
But this snake is undeniably cute.

The inclusion of kukri in the name calls to mind a Great War story I read not so long ago:

The Gurkas in the British Army had a fearsome reputation among the Germans. Proud of their super-sharp kukris that could decapitate a man with one swipe, the Gurkhas liked to creep up to the enemy trenches at dead of night to slit the throats of the sentries rather than using inefficient bayonets or noisy rifles.
One German sentry thought he had fended off his assailant and began to make fun of him, something along the lines of
- Silly old Indian couldn't hurt a flea!
- Oh no? replied the Ghurka. Now, German soldier, please try to nod head!

ColleenA Plus
5 362 6 Australia
1 May 2014 2:54PM
Wow Andrew nothing like coming back and scaring the living daylight out of me. Fetching your camera, stroking it's tail and putting your hand near it are all very brave. I would have been standing on the table screaming for help. That said its a beautiful snake. Great captures.
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
1 May 2014 3:02PM
Love version 1 Andrew.

Welcome back.

SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
1 May 2014 3:05PM
Welcome back stranger and what a lovely chap you've captured, love it's colour.Smile
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
1 May 2014 3:05PM
Thanks, all, and for the welcome back Smile
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
1 May 2014 3:13PM
Bill, love the war story Grin Singapore still has a Gurkha regiment and their reputation is still intact!

According to ID info, this snake is so named 'cos its back teeth are shaped like kukris Smile

And yep, you and Moira are right - must check the ID first next time. Especially since I've learnt that the Banded Malayan Coral Snake has somewhat similar markings! Yikes.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
1 May 2014 3:29PM
Great imagery, love the caption. "Welcome back"

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Ted447 Plus
5 213 1 United Kingdom
1 May 2014 3:40PM
Fine image. Ted. GrinGrin
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
1 May 2014 3:41PM
Hi Andrew! Love the splat in V2. Grin
Great to have you back, fingernails and all. SmileSmileSmile
Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
1 May 2014 4:21PM
Lovely to see you back, I missed you you old so and so, or should it be young. Any how every body's young to me. Look forward to more Andrew.
Peter GrinGrinGrinGrin
User_Removed 5 920 United Kingdom
1 May 2014 5:13PM
Really good to see you back! And nice to meet your new friend too Grin
1 May 2014 5:18PM
A rather beautiful little snake.

good to see you back
1 May 2014 5:20PM
Brave Man Andrew, I mean for getting so close to an unidentified Snake , not for returning to EPZ, we all know the dangers of that Wink

ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
1 May 2014 5:26PM

Quote:...not for returning to EPZ, we all know the dangers of that Wink


Aye Grin
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
1 May 2014 5:31PM
Yay!!!!......Glad to see you back AndrewGrinGrin
I saw a snake at the weekend, in the wild too, I was going to take a pic, be brave like you, get down on the grass for a close upGrinGrinGrin, then I decided against had been dead a good whileTongueTongueSad
Lovely shots AndrewSmileSmile
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
1 May 2014 5:35PM

Quote:Yay!!!!......Glad to see you back AndrewGrinGrin
I saw a snake at the weekend, in the wild too, I was going to take a pic, be brave like you, get down on the grass for a close upGrinGrinGrin, then I decided against had been dead a good whileTongueTongueSad
Lovely shots AndrewSmileSmile

Ooh...wish you'd taken a quick shot (not necessarily a close-up) just for the record Smile

Mine was so tiny I didn't feel any threat. It was like a large colourful worm. But I should be warier of the colours.
evelen 13 5 England
1 May 2014 6:33PM
welcome back Andrew thanks for the comment , two wonderful images of the snake .
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
1 May 2014 6:44PM
v1 for me today andrew a cracker nice to see you back Wink
9 10 10 England
1 May 2014 7:07PM
Unusual and cute - well I can say that from this safe distance - may not be so happy in close proximity! Good to have you back in the happy family.Smile
Two great images. v1 is my fave. Welcome back.

Glad you are back Andrew - nice to see you again!
You are right - it's a little cutie, and I didn't realise how little until I saw V2. I love snakes, so I'd have kept it! Still you did the next best thing and turned it into an excellent image! Well done.
So glad you are back Andrew. You have been missed. Lovely shot. I would be guilty of doing that as well! Cathy
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
1 May 2014 10:59PM
He's just a tiny little snake. I wouldn't have been too scared either. My dog caught a monster snake today. About 2 feet long. Pulled it out of the water and started shaking it. I screamed and she let it go. Great shots. V1 is my favourite.
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
1 May 2014 11:13PM
Wow, what an adorable reptile and on that essential Mondrianesque background too! Terrific shots.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
1 May 2014 11:37PM
V1 is outstanding---graphics, composition, colors!---superb!
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
2 May 2014 12:09AM
Well hello stranger !!
Nice to see you back Andrew.
And with good work too.
2 May 2014 8:29AM
You've been missed, Andrew, so a warm Welcome Back Grin
I see you've been 'snake charming' with a 'charming snake' Wink
Love the caption - suits the 'return of the prodigal son of EPZ' Wink
Great story about the snake with the Kukri Teeth...
given its size, you can be excused for thinking it was just a 'little nipper'... Smile

2 May 2014 9:04AM
Two fabulous images Andrew, it has to be V1 if only for the detail and humour.

CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
2 May 2014 5:33PM
Such dramatic markings - I think I might have checked whether it was poisonous first before I got near it thoughGrin
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
2 May 2014 8:17PM
Welcome back Andrew - well spotted shot, and I like the way he is curled around the central straight line SmileSmile
2 May 2014 8:49PM
V1 for me too Andrew Smile So nice to see you back Smile
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
3 May 2014 7:38PM
Good to see that you've decided to slither back onto epz again Andrew, this snake is a lovely little fellow and he is so strikingly marked and coloured.
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
5 May 2014 5:48PM
wow, he is really a tiny little gem. Bet he was more afraid than you.. considering v2 Smile
bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
11 May 2014 8:44PM
nice to see you back
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2014 11:39AM
Brilliant image and brave of you to be that close.
Very arty.

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